Sometime in 1924 Willard Wilkinson approached A.W. Tillinghast to let him know that he wanted to start his own golf course architectural firm. This couldn't have been easy. For many years he had served as vice president of Tillinghast's design firm and together they had built what would become two of the most celebrated courses in America, Winged Foot and Baltusrol. Tillie, as Tillinghast was called, was known for being difficult. Referred to in his day as "Tillie the Terror", he was the spoiled child of a wealthy Philadelphia couple, and spent much of his youth running with a group of local ruffians self-named the Kelly Street Gang. He was opinionated, obstinate, prickly... and extremely talented.
Imagine Tillinghast and Wilkinson, mentor and protégé, standing on the first tee box, looking out at the golf course they were creating below them. Behind them stood the large Tudor-Style clubhouse, the historical features of which you can still see today. Tillie would have been wearing his trademark three-piece wool suit and smoking his pipe. Always an architect who liked to make his designs "in the dirt", they would have been creating on the fly... where to put the trap, where to move dirt, how to shape the green. It's often written that Tillie used to "seat himself in the shade of a tree, bottle in hand, and call out directions to his workmen as they shaped the course with their mule pulled scoops."
We like to think of the days when that all happened right here.
The owners and Management of Jumping Brook Country Club in Monmouth County have spent much time, energy and money over the years in reestablishing the bones of the Club... the golf course, Clubhouse and facilities. In 2002 the Club was rewarded for its return to its historic roots by achieving a full Membership of 300 Primary Members. Throughout the years Jumping Brook has received high praise, being compared with some of the best clubs in the Monmouth County region. Members and their guests consistently compared Jumping Brook with Spring Lake, Navesink, Shore Oaks and Deal Country Club, to name a few, but one caveat...the size of the Membership.We experienced continued success and now have very few Memberships available. We want to invite you to be among the few that will have the opportunity to take advantage of this limited opportunity to become a Member at Jumping Brook Country Club, one of the premier Country Clubs in Monmouth County New Jersey.
History astounds us, however, because rather than Tillinghast showing his protégé the door, he helped him get established. In 1924 Wilkinson, or Willie (believe it or not), entered private practice, aided by his former employer, who generously arranged for him to complete three Tillinghast courses and receive the fees still due on them. One of these courses was Jumping Brook Country Club. While Tillinghast later did redesign and consulting work for other notable clubs such as Hollywood Country Club and Spring Lake Country Club, Jumping Brook remains the purest Tillinghast specimen in the New Jersey Shore region.
This is especially true after our restoration, where extensive research was done into Tillinghast's design features.
We at Jumping Brook take immense pride in this rich history and heritage of the Club, a past that was lost for so long. In an age of new construction, modern architectural styles and the High-end-fee craze, we revel in the tradition of golf and the timeless playability and challenge of our Tillinghast and Wilkenson designed golf course. We enjoy the traditional pursuits of friendly competition, of social camaraderie, of relationships and recreation. Our History is rich and great, and our future is even brighter!